Buy the best sounding pickups and electronics if needed and put them in well made cheap guitar. I do like Epi's, and have been coveting a Joe Bonmassa LP. The Epiphone Vintage Special is slightly bigger and a bit skinnier than my Les Paul Epiphone Studio. Check out his music at lazarusband.bandcamp.com. You can purchase the Epiphone Les Paul Special VE from: __________________________________________________, Travis Browning is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Northwest Florida. My Epiphone is just as good as the Gibson Les Paul, at a fraction of the price.Epiphone's quality has sure gotten better over the years.I'm very glad that you gave attention to those guitars, in a few years, many of today's gear snobs will recognize Epiphone's place as great instrument makers, along side the "Big Boys" . Time flies and what is olden sounds better every year. As you would expect, the Epiphone ’59 Les Paul Standard features a mahogany body, with a maple top, a AAA figured maple veneer, and cream binding. The strings might be just the tiniest bit higher than I personally like, but having said that, it seems to make bends a little easier to grab and hold. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. The P90s have a terrific sound on single notes. I bought this model because I have another one with P90 pups and wanted one with humbuckers. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2017. I'm just a hobbyist but have had a few guitars over the years. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for Epiphone Les Paul Special VE (Ebony), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This is a good guitar for a beginner. Even still, it doesn't play particularly well with my Overdrive pedal, even at its lowest gain setting. I think the vintage edition finish is not quite as nice as the worn SG they put out. I’m not sure what the nut is made of, and after checking, Epiphone didn't list it on their site, but mine is cut well. It's hard sometimes to put aside our preconceptions about the "other" stuff, whatever that may be, and look at it with an open mind. You realy can't go wrong with a LP Special of Studio model, however bumping my strings u to D'Addario 10's from 9's did seem to add more cool factor for me. I personally like Lindy Fralin pickups. Epiphone introduces the Les Paul Special VE (Vintage Edition) electric guitar featuring the classic Les Paul profile with a lightweight Poplar body. The bridge pup was setup higher than the neck pup, I guess to make the volume even, because both pups are equal. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Being in the Fender camp for so long, I’ve almost scoffed at the TOM setup, but now I think it's great. With Squire offering up the Bullet and Affinity versions of their Mustang and Jazzmaster guitars, Epiphone is offering up a new Les Paul Special model, branded VE or Vintage Edition. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Clocking in at $149.99, it’s basically a steal for the amount of guitar you’re getting. Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018. If you’ll allow me to go on one more personal tirade, I should say how eye opening, and strange this review has been for me. I should note that I’ve always been a Fender guy through and through; I’ve never owned nor wanted to own a Les Paul, and that is...changing. It has the shape, the style, and the feel and the dark color adds to the mystique. So, imagine my surprise when the Epiphone Les Paul Special VE has now become the number one guitar I pick up. Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I’ve had a rotating cast of Strats, Teles, Jazzmasters, Mustangs, the whole lot of them. A notch or two down from the Standard line, Epiphone offers a range of more affordable models, such as the Les Paul Special II and Les Paul SL. If I could stress one thing, it's that both of these guitars are an excellent value, and they’re both very well made. It's roughly the same thickness as my Gibson SG. However, this will let me experiment without committing quite so much coin. I'll adjust those if necessary. I think if we added a little Duncan P-Rails to the middle it could rival the Frampton Les Paul for tone value. Epiphone Les Paul Special VE Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Walnut. The Epiphone SG Special VE. Yesterday I installed a Bigsby B5 vibrato and vibramate plate which made the mounting even easier. It’s that good. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Epiphone has an informative article on their website about it, and I definitely recommend checking it out. Part of it may be with old hands and using a thumb over chords learned 50 years ago, I found it easier to play. The neck was tensioned up with just a tiny bow in it, the way I like it, and the bridge was near perfect. Let’s get into the details. They both have simple and effective hardware, pots that are surprisingly good and functional, and finishes that are well beyond what you’d expect from their price points. Solid tone. The finish is super well done, no stray marks or drips, and like the neck it has thin, satin finish that is to die for. And they are hot. That being said, the pickups are by no means bad, I’ve heard plenty worse. Epiphone manufacture this guitar in a few colors, perhaps that iconic cherry red being the most prominent but we are going to look at the ebony version. While the Les Paul Special’s neck gets close to vintage spec, on the SG Epiphone has absolutely nailed it. We like it. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Even after the little honeymoon phase, after I’ve taken down all the notes to write up this review, it's somehow still the guitar I keep on the stand nearest to me. Wanted something I didn't have to be too careful with and I am more than happy with this little guy. It’s simple enough that it just works, but it definitely has some neat adjustments you can do to set it up to your own personal standards. This has an open gran so the finish and neck are not very smooth. The body's a lighter than some other LPs. There will have to be some string height and intonation adjustments made, It has a loose action for me, but I like that. Upgrading pots has been something I always do, but these work really, really well. Bonus: Head to Head with the Squier Bullet Mustang, Given that my last review was on the Squier Bullet Mustang HH, and that the Les Paul Special VE is a direct competitor to the Squier Bullet Mustang in both price point, and as a entry level, dual humbucker-equipped guitar, I figured I should go into a little more detail in how they compare. You won't be disappointed. This is my first electric. I have been toying with the idea of getting a LP, to add some tonal variety to my playing, and this little beauty might just fit the  bill. I checked the adjustments with a Snark tuner to see if the 12th fret was really each string's octave, and did random checks on the rest of the fingerboard to make sure the frets were pitch true. It feels good, I like the way it sings acoustically and resonates an A chord for what feels like hours. Overall, this guitar is comfortable and a joy to play, has an accurate fretboard and great tone. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I love the feel of the neck and the way the body sits in my lap. Epiphone describes it as a “1960s SlimTaper D profile.” I’m a big fan of the neck, it’s fast, plays really well, and has a really nice, light satin finish on it that I love. The Epiphone LP arrived and turned out to be the same as described by previously posted positive reviews. I can understand why they’re using these pickups, for most beginners picking up the Les Paul Special VE, it's going to be exactly what they want for playing the Nirvana, Green Day, Ramones, etc. I like how it accentuates my play style. 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